1. Join Beau Beausoleil, poet and bookseller for an intimate discussion of the “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” project. Beau founded this coalition in response to the March 5th 2007, car bombing on Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, the heart of Baghdad’s historic literacy district, a block filled with bookstores and cafes. 
Watch the video here
Recorded in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, NY. June 6th, 2014.

    Join Beau Beausoleil, poet and bookseller for an intimate discussion of the “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” project. Beau founded this coalition in response to the March 5th 2007, car bombing on Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, the heart of Baghdad’s historic literacy district, a block filled with bookstores and cafes.

    Watch the video here

    Recorded in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, NY. June 6th, 2014.

  2. "Where Rochester Arcadians Dwell" →

  3. Beautiful new book received in the Arts Division Well-known New York photographer Harvey Stein documents the humanity and spirit of the people of Harlem in 164 beautiful black and white photographs taken over 22 years, from 1990 to 2012. The images are mostly close-up portraits that reveal the friendliness and warmth of this city’s inhabitants, the vibrant and bustling vitality of the area, and the changing nature of the neighborhood. What may at first appear to be a casual encounter becomes a personal, intimate record, a meaningful collaboration between photographer and subject. With a population of nearly half a million people, Harlem is America’s most celebrated African-American neighborhood. Its rich past and historical importance have made a unique contribution to our national popular culture. Stein’s photographs capture and celebrate the Harlem spirit.

    Beautiful new book received in the Arts Division 


    Well-known New York photographer Harvey Stein documents the humanity and spirit of the people of Harlem in 164 beautiful black and white photographs taken over 22 years, from 1990 to 2012. The images are mostly close-up portraits that reveal the friendliness and warmth of this city’s inhabitants, the vibrant and bustling vitality of the area, and the changing nature of the neighborhood. What may at first appear to be a casual encounter becomes a personal, intimate record, a meaningful collaboration between photographer and subject. With a population of nearly half a million people, Harlem is America’s most celebrated African-American neighborhood. Its rich past and historical importance have made a unique contribution to our national popular culture. Stein’s photographs capture and celebrate the Harlem spirit.

  4. New book about Frida Frida by Ishiuchi is the first photographic documentation ever published of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s personal attire and belongings, as portrayed by Japanese artist Miyako Ishiuchi. The victim of a nearly fatal bus accident as a young woman, Kahlo used fashion to channel her resulting physical difficulties into courageous statements of heritage, strength and beauty. Also focusing on the ways in which Kahlo used her iconic style to project her feminist and socialist beliefs, Ishiuchi’s color photographs transform Kahlo’s dresses, corsets, shoes, gloves, jewelry and other accessories into objects freighted with personal struggle, cultural awareness and sartorial inventiveness. Following Ishiuchi’s acclaimed series Mothers and Hiroshima, this collection provides a special look at a very intimate dimension of Frida Kahlo’s universe.

    New book about Frida 


    Frida by Ishiuchi is the first photographic documentation ever published of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s personal attire and belongings, as portrayed by Japanese artist Miyako Ishiuchi. The victim of a nearly fatal bus accident as a young woman, Kahlo used fashion to channel her resulting physical difficulties into courageous statements of heritage, strength and beauty. Also focusing on the ways in which Kahlo used her iconic style to project her feminist and socialist beliefs, Ishiuchi’s color photographs transform Kahlo’s dresses, corsets, shoes, gloves, jewelry and other accessories into objects freighted with personal struggle, cultural awareness and sartorial inventiveness. Following Ishiuchi’s acclaimed series Mothers and Hiroshima, this collection provides a special look at a very intimate dimension of Frida Kahlo’s universe.

  5. From the Vault: Saving Rochester's History →

  6. New in the Arts Division

  7. Architectural History of the University of Rochester and the Memorial Art Gallery Buildings

Library: Central Library - 1st Floor Kate Gleason Auditorium B&L Public Library Building Date:  9/17/2014 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Category:  Lecture Age:  Adult Details:  Come hear Susan Nurse speak about the original University of Rochester Campus on University Ave. Through architecture see and how it evolved to become the UR Prince St. Campus for Women and then just the Memorial Art Gallery and grounds. We will also study the evolution of the Memorial Art Gallery, its architectural history through 3 additions, including the connection to Cutler Union. Sue Nurse is a recent retiree from Memorial Art Gallery where she was the Visual Resources Coordinator and Assistant Archivist. She received a Masters in Art History from the University of Buffalo in 1995.   This program is free but registration is required. Please register here.  


    Architectural History of the University of Rochester and the Memorial Art Gallery Buildings

    Library: Central Library - 1st Floor Kate Gleason Auditorium B&L Public Library Building 

    Date:  9/17/2014 

    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 

    Category:  Lecture 

    Age:  Adult 

    Details:  Come hear Susan Nurse speak about the original University of Rochester Campus on University Ave. Through architecture see and how it evolved to become the UR Prince St. Campus for Women and then just the Memorial Art Gallery and grounds. We will also study the evolution of the Memorial Art Gallery, its architectural history through 3 additions, including the connection to Cutler Union. Sue Nurse is a recent retiree from Memorial Art Gallery where she was the Visual Resources Coordinator and Assistant Archivist. She received a Masters in Art History from the University of Buffalo in 1995. 

     This program is free but registration is required. Please register 
    here 

  8. I know it is too early for most to think about, but the Arts Division is going to do an ornament contest for the holidays with a big prize! Details to follow soon.

    I know it is too early for most to think about, but the Arts Division is going to do an ornament contest for the holidays with a big prize! Details to follow soon.

  9. Watch a review of the book "Zealot; The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" by Reza Aslan. 

    Watch a review of the book "Zealot; The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" by Reza Aslan. 

  10. Life Revisited: the Never-Ending Sequel

Readers of this blog are most likely familiar with the story of Martha Ward and how I helped her reconnect with her lost husband Vince, who she mistakenly thought had passed away.

    Life Revisited: the Never-Ending Sequel

    Readers of this blog are most likely familiar with the story of Martha Ward and how I helped her reconnect with her lost husband Vince, who she mistakenly thought had passed away.